[p. 22] was to the community. As a church minister Mr. De-Long's term of office was comparable to that of two of the three ministers who served the old town of Medford from 1713 to 1822, when there was but the one colonial church. For Ebenezer Turell was pastor for fifty years and David Osgood for forty-eight years, with Mr. DeLong forty-five years. So also he inherited the traditions of a general ministry, which for over a century made his church the one religious center, with the whole community as its parish and with all the tax payers contributing to its support. And Mr. DeLong was earnest and intelligent in his community interest. First as a minister of religion, bringing the consolations of Christian faith to many people irrespective of any church connections, and second as a citizen, serving the public for many years on the Public Library Board and in other ways. While not active in the political life of the city, as usually becomes the wisdom of a minister, yet he was always influencing that life by the preaching and the support of high political principles. As a descendant of French Huguenot stock, he inherited its independence. Sometimes this independence led him to a definiteness of mind and attitude that could be called stubborn. But one could but believe he tried ‘to see clear and think straight,’ to use his own descriptive words about the Puritans, in an address given at the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Medford. He was bound to no rigid creed either of religion or politics. Nor did his age make him inflexible as to methods. During these later years, when younger and more physically vigorous men came into the pastorates of the various churches, he was yet interested with them in any proposed ways of bettering the community life. And he kept alive to this contemporary life up to the very last. It was characteristic of him that age did not relegate him to the past. Indeed, he seldom dwelt upon the past, his interest was in current events. And when men saw him at the polling place or in the civic meeting, they knew
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